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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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11: ViaRhôna from Saint-Romain-en-Gal / Vienne to Sablons

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Lyon to Valence , L'itinéraire ViaRhôna au départ de Vienne , ViaRhôna autour du Parc naturel régional du Pilat , ViaRhôna autour du Pays Roussillonnais ]
  • 33 km
  • famille Level Family

This remarkable ViaRhôna stage offers a great variety of landscapes. From Vienne, once an ancient capital of Roman Gaul, to the nature reserve of L’île au Beurre, bearing witness to the Rhône’s wild side, via steeply terraced vineyards, including the prestigious Côte-Rôtie, and the first major orchards along the Rhône Valley, this stage will delight those interested in history, nature and gastronomy. You follow greenways for almost the entire length, joining a road to enter Sablons.

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The route

The stage is almost entirely on greenways that are well signposted and laid out up to Sablons. There are just a few small stretches on roads, particularly arriving at Sablons. Take care on the D 4 road at Sablons.

Railway stations (SNCF) :


Vienne railway station - Saint Clair-les-Roches railway station - Péage de Roussillon railway station :

TER (local service) line 5 : Lyon> Valence > Avignon > Marseille

Sablons bus station bus :

Local bus services (bikes are not accepted) : line 75 : Lyon > Vienne > Le Péage de Roussillon > Sablons > Serrières > Félines > Peaugres > Davézieux > Annonay


>> Check TER timetables in Rhône-Alpes


Tourist Information Centres :  


Vienne and Pays Viennois Tourist Office

Ph. 04 74 53 80 30


Condrieu region Tourist Office, branch of the tourist office of Pilat

Ph. 04 74 56 62 83


Pilat Rhodanien Tourist Office, Maison du Parc Naturel Régional (Pélussin)

Ph. 04 74 87 52 00


Roussillon County Tourist Office

Ph. 04 74 86 72 07


Don't miss :


Vienne: a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire, in recognition of its cultural riches. The town boasts one of the richest Roman legacies in France, with an ancient theatre, the Cybèle archaeological garden, the temple to Augustus and Livia, plus an enigmatic pyramid. Vienne is also known for its International Jazz Festival, held each July.

Saint-Romain-en-Gal: for its archaeological site and its Gallo-Roman museum.

L’île Barlet: located on a secondary branch of the Rhône at St-Romain-en-Gal, with outdoor café, or guinguette, cycle hire and a fitness trail.

Ampuis: here, the vines of Côte-Rôtie have been famed since antiquity.

Centre d'observation de l'Ile du Beurre – at Tupins-et-Semons: this is a protected site, an island whose changing landscapes bear witness to the Rhône’s wild side. Along the nature trail are two observatories, open every day of the year. There’s also a permanent exhibition on beavers and aquariums presenting the fish to be found in the Rhône and its secondary branches.

The outdoor sports and recreation centre at Les Roches de Condrieu

The outdoor sports and recreation centre at Saint-Pierre-de-Bœuf

Sablons: l’île de la Platière, an island on the Rhône.

Serrières: Musée des mariniers, a museum dedicated to the Rhône’s former mariners.

Excursion to the Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat: above the famous wine village of Condrieu, the steep slopes are covered with vines, and majestic views open onto the Rhône Valley. Then comes wilder countryside scattered with historic villages like Malleval, a medieval fortified village in a remarkable site. 



Vienne : Saturday morning

Loire sur Rhône : Tuesday morning

Ampuis : Wednesday morning

Condrieu : Friday morning

Les Roches de Condrieu : Tuesday morning

Le Péage de Roussillon : Thursday and Saturday morning

Sablons : Tuesday morning

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Your reviews

  • Beautiful - Lucia

    Easy path, beautiful sites. Crosses an interesting protected natural area. Close to Roussillon it is not so beautiful anymore, being the area a chemical industry site, and it smells real bad. But it' just 4 km. the rest is amazing.

  • Almost because - AFRF

    the greenway leads you through a national park "Ile de Beurre" a very interesting and nice area. But full of barriers. Not suitable for tandem, trikes for disabled people, bikes & trailer, etc. Even for bikes with storage bags it's pretty complicated.

  • Only almost - AFRF

    Why? You'll pass a national park L'Ille du Beurre which is really nice. But with barriers. No Chance for trikes and disabled cyclists, tandem, trailers, etc. Simply nonsense. Have a stop-over visit the Park and take the road.

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